Today's Highlights | May 07, 2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Voters prepare to vote inside the Icebelihle Labantu Abadala Voting Station in Greenpoint district of Khayelitsha Township on May 7, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Charlie Shoemaker/Getty)

Highlights From Today's Show

Begins at 21:19: Today, South Africans go to the polls in the first general election since the death of Nelson Mandela. Has the revolutionary movement that ended apartheid lost its way 20 years after the black majority came to power? Anders Kelto, a reporter for PRI's The World based in South Africa, weighs in.

Begins at 30:48: Alibaba does 80 percent of the e-commerce business in China, but its been described as a mix of Amazon.com, eBay and PayPal with a dash of Google thrown in—all with some uniquely Chinese characteristics. Now Alibaba may unleash a giant IPO that could start a global tech fight. Michael de La Merced, reporter for the business section and DealBook blog at our partner The New York Times, explains.

Guests:

Michael De La Merced and Anders Kelto

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Robert Thomas from Santa Clara

Note that a companies such as Finisar and Procter & Gamble and Alar Engineering Corporation produce technology.

Alibaba is a successful advertising, sales and billboard management company. Like its competitors in the United States and elsewhere, it uses modern communication tools and employs some technical people to operate those tools.

Alibaba is no more a "tech" company than United Parcel Service does research into fuel injection.

May. 07 2014 03:19 PM

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